For most people, losing weight to look and feel good is a lifestyle priority. However, studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight is also one the of the most important steps people can take to reduce the risk of cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, obesity and being overweight has been linked to 13 different types of cancer, including esophageal, liver, stomach and others. Extra weight around the stomach or waistline is strongly linked to colorectal and pancreatic cancers, as well as to endometrium and breast cancers in post-menopausal women. Excess fat is also associated with abnormal glucose metabolism and insulin levels, which are associated with certain types of cancer as well. Overweight patients do not fight cancer as effectively as healthier persons, are more likely to have cancer return and are at a greater risk of dying from cancer.
One way to determine an at-risk weight is to calculate Body Mass Index -- or BMI. For most adults, experts consider a BMI within the range of 18.5 to 24.9 to be healthy. A BMI between 25 and